Friday, September 29, 2006

Fraying around the edges

Do you go out to openings, do you have an informed opinion, and do you Blog? Do you thing you have something to say that might be of interest to others. Through the summer and over the next two months over a dozen textile exhibitions have opened or will open in Toronto and around Ontario. Here in the Toronto area many of these events coincide with the up coming Textile Society of America’s Symposium. This is the first time this biennial event happens outside of the United States.

There is a problem with this bloging thing, openings happen in clusters, Fray open at the Textile Museum of Canada and the Koffler Gallery on the same night with a bus provided between locations. That was the plan, however there was a minor disaster at the Koffler (loss of power due to heavy rains which happens often) It was a very crowded event and impossible to get a good look at the work. Taking pictures of the personalities there (artist, curators, directors and generous Benefactors of the Museum and the show) for a gossipy sort of rendering of the evening was impossible. By all accounts it was the event of the summer. Then life got in the way and seeing the other half of the show at the Koffler Gallery was delayed until the other day so the opportunity to write seriously about the show has just occurred, but you’ll have to wait for the next issue of Selvedge Magazine to read my review.

In the interim Fibreworks 2006 opened at the Cambridge Galleries on September 9th in Cambridge Ontario, the fall line up of shows at Harbourfront in Toronto kicked of on September 15th , the Queen West Art Crawl also in Toronto ( this event along with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche September 30, 7:00 pm - 7:00 am, Sunday October 1 seems to have replaced “Art Week” in Toronto) and FREAKOUT (TEMPORAL BODIES): new work by Luanne Martineau opened at JESSICA BRADLEY ART + PROJECTS the next day. (Luanne Martineau can also be seen in Fray at the TMC)

I did manage to get to all of these and in Cambridge managed to take a few photo’s with a borrowed camera which went off with is owner to Calgary before I could download the images (which turned out pretty bad, but they are here for filler and something to look at) and if you look below you’ll see what is happening in October… so I ask again do you Blog? fibreQuaterly needs reporters and reviews. Go to the Site Information page at for more information about getting involed as a writer.

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